2006 Challenge Tour

The 2006 Challenge Tour was a series of golf tournaments known as the Challenge Tour, the official development tour run by the PGA European Tour. The tour was started as the Satellite Tour in 1986 and was renamed the Challenge Tour ready for the start of the 1990 season.[1]

The Challenge Tour Rankings was won by Wales' Mark Pilkington. Frenchman Adrien Mörk shot the first 59 in the history of the PGA European Tour's three tours at the Moroccan Classic.

Tournament scheduleEdit

The table below shows the 2006 Challenge Tour schedule.[2] The season started in December 2005 and comprised 31 tournaments played in Europe, Latin America, East Africa and Central Asia.

The numbers in brackets after winners' names indicate the player's total number of wins on the Challenge Tour including that event.

Date Tournament Host country Winner Notes
4 Dec Abierto Mexicano Corona Mexico   Antonio Maldonado (1) Co-sanctioned with the Tour de las Américas
11 Dec Abierto Visa de la República Argentina   Kevin Stadler (1) Co-sanctioned with the Tour de las Américas
5 Feb Abierto Movistar Guatemala Open Guatemala   Miguel Ángel Carballo (1) Co-sanctioned with the Tour de las Américas
12 Feb Kai Fieberg Costa Rica Open Costa Rica   Johan Axgren (2) Co-sanctioned with the Tour de las Américas
26 Feb Estoril Challenge Portugal   Kyron Sullivan (1)
12 Mar Tusker Kenya Open Kenya   Johan Axgren (3)
9 Apr Peugeot Challenge R.C.G. El Prat Spain   David Drysdale (2)
30 Apr Tessali Metaponto Open di Puglia e Basilicata Italy   Anthony Snobeck (1)
14 May Parco di Monza Challenge Italy   Álvaro Salto (3)
21 May Telenet Trophy Belgium   Toni Karjalainen (2)
28 May Tikida Hotels Agadir Moroccan Classic Morocco   Adrien Mörk (1)
3 Jun Morson International Pro-am Challenge England   Álvaro Quirós (1)
11 Jun Thomas Bjørn Open Denmark   Marcus Higley (1)
18 Jun Aa St Omer Open France   César Monasterio (2) Dual-ranking event with European Tour
18 Jun Lexus Open Norway   Kalle Brink (3) Alternate to the Aa St Omer Open
25 Jun Credit Suisse Challenge Switzerland   Francisco Cea (2)
2 Jul Open Mahou de Madrid Spain   Juan Parrón (1)
9 Jul Scottish Challenge Scotland   Sam Walker (1)
16 Jul Texbond Open Italy   Carlos del Moral (1)
23 Jul MAN NÖ Open Austria   Rafa Cabrera-Bello (1)
30 Jul Ryder Cup Wales Challenge Wales   Sion Bebb (1)
6 Aug Ireland Ryder Cup Challenge Ireland   John Wade (1)
13 Aug Vodafone Challenge Germany   Martin Kaymer (1)
20 Aug Rolex Trophy Switzerland   Alex Norén (1)
27 Aug ECCO Tour Championship Denmark   James Heath (1)
3 Sep Telia Challenge Waxholm Sweden   Rafael Echenique (1)
17 Sep Open des Volcans - Challenge de France France   Martin Kaymer (2)
24 Sep Oki Mahou Challenge de España Spain   Adrien Mörk (2)
1 Oct Kazakhstan Open Kazakhstan   Mark Pilkington (1)
8 Oct Golf Open International de Toulouse France   Julien Forêt (1)
22 Oct Apulia San Domenico Grand Final Italy   James Hepworth (2)

RankingsEdit

The top 20 on the Challenge Tour Rankings gained membership of the European Tour for the 2007 season.[1]

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1 Mark Pilkington   Wales 119,152
2 Johan Axgren   Sweden 105,699
3 Alex Norén   Sweden 99,631
4 Martin Kaymer   Germany 93,321
5 James Hepworth   England 84,236
6 Kyron Sullivan   Wales 83,364
7 Rafael Echenique   Argentina 82,737
8 Juan Parron   Spain 71,089
9 Sam Walker   England 69,853
10 Marcus Higley   England 67,851
11 Shaun Webster   England 65,536
12 Gary Lockerbie   England 64,073
13 Rafa Cabrera-Bello   Spain 62,849
14 James Heath   England 60,346
15 Gareth Davies   England 60,189
16 Lee S. James   England 59,704
17 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet   France 59,343
18 Álvaro Quirós   Spain 57,278
19 Mads Vibe-Hastrup   Denmark 52,485
20 Adrien Mörk   France 52,136

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  2. ^ "Tournament Schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 2010-08-03.

External linksEdit